Appeasers, it seems, don't like to be called appeasers. You would think this is a new criticism of the far left in this country. The far left is squealing like little stuck piggies all over the television today. Seems a certain campaign has a guilty conscience and thinks everything is all about him. But, why wouldn't he? The national media tells him it is every day.
The best one? Nancy Pelosi claims the remarks from President Bush's speech to the Knesset were not becoming of the Office of the President. That was priceless. You remember it was Pelosi that hightailed it to Damascus as soon as she was sworn in as Speaker of the House and met with Junior Assad, despite her State Department asking her not to, don't you? And what did it produce? Israel bitch slapped her and said she misrepresented them to Assad. Welcome to prime time, Speaker Pelosi.
Susan Rice was all over television, justifying Obama's foreign policy decision to meet with leaders of the terrorist nations, like Iran in particular, without pre-conditions, as his own web site clearly states. Susan Rice criticized the Bush administration for talking to North Korea but not to Iran. Susan Rice criticized the Bush Administration for talking to Sudan but not Syria.
Did Susan Rice get the memo that the Bush administration has sent diplomatic teams to Iran, quietly and professionally, to open dialogue? Several times. There is a big difference, however, in sending diplomats to do the job for which they are trained and that of setting up meetings at the Presidential level without any pre-conditions. You remember Rice from her days with Maddie Albright and the whole party like it's 1999 in North Korea, don't you? And, that ended how? This administration - that of the failed policies of Bush, according to the Obamabots, has made progress by demanding 6 party talks with North Korea and, again, using diplomats.
As I listened to President Bush's speech to the Knesset, where leaders and dignitaries, Israeli and American, were gathered to mark Israel's independence, I was struck by a thought. It was, why hasn't Bush had the nerve to talk like this for the past 5 years? If he had been as bold and honest as he was today, the American public would better understand the challenges of being the superpower of the world and our special bond with freedom seeking people.
"We believe that democracy is the only way to ensure human rights. So we consider it a source of shame that the United nations routinely passes more human rights resolutions against the freest democracy in the Middle East than any other nation in the world." Applause.
"We believe that free people should strive and sacrifice for peace. So we applaud the courageous choices Israeli's leaders have made. We also believe that nations have a right to defend themselves and that no nation should ever be forced to negotiate with killers pledged to its destruction." Applause.
"We believe that targeting innocent lives to achieve political objectives is always and everywhere wrong. So we stand together against terror and extremism, and we will never let down our guard or lose our resolve." Applause.
"There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain away their words. It's natural, but it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century."
"Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: "Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided." We have an obligation to call this what it is -- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history." Applause.
That is the statement that sent the far left into a tailspin. That speaks volumes, doesn't it? And then the non-serious like Howard Dean and his posse said since Secretary of Defense Gates just today said more dialogue with Iran would be helpful, they fail to point out that he is not speaking of the Presidential level, or of those of upper government in Iran. He's speaking at the defense department level. Funny how they keep editing out what they don't want to include in their criticisms of foreign policy. Like the 100 years remark of McCain that is still taken out of context to this day.
So, if you want to talk of 'disgraceful' behavior, instead of provocative as it really was, just remember Pelosi, or Albright, or Baghdad Jim McDermott, to name a few.
Appeasement is not the path to peace.